A Common Reformed Sin: Intellectual Pride

 Reformed theology is robustly biblical and it echoes the truths of Scripture so very well and clearly.  I'm not Reformed because it's cool or because I grew up that way.  I believe Reformed truths like God's sovereignty, total depravity, definite atonement, presbyterian ecclesiology, infant baptism, and the regulative principle of worship because they're rooted in… Continue reading A Common Reformed Sin: Intellectual Pride

The “Beneficent Propensity” of God (Van Mastricht)

 The goodness, kindness, mercy, and love of God are major themes in all parts of Holy Scripture.  It's always one of my favorite parts of theological reading when I come across good explanations of God's goodness and love that are very much based on Scripture.  In volume two of his Theoretical-Practical Theology  Petrus Van Mastricht… Continue reading The “Beneficent Propensity” of God (Van Mastricht)

The Immutability of God: Application (Van Mastricht)

 Scripture quite clearly teaches that God is immutable.  This means he does not change, have mood swings, or go back on something he said.  God is the constant one.  James 1:17 says there is no change or shadow of turning with God.  Malachi 3:6 says, "I am the LORD, and I do not change" (NLT).… Continue reading The Immutability of God: Application (Van Mastricht)

The Attributes of God and Application (Van Mastricht)

 Learning about the attributes of God from Scripture is not purely an academic enterprise.  As we learn about God's characteristics, his people are also comforted, ecouraged, and refreshed.  What Scripture teaches us about God is practical for day-to-day Christian living.  In other words, the attributes of God and application go hand in hand.  Here's how… Continue reading The Attributes of God and Application (Van Mastricht)

The Headings of Theology Should Be… (Van Mastricht)

 I appreciate Petrus Van Mastricht's emphasis that Christian theology should be practical. Here's how he explained theology with a little more detail: "The heads of theology should be Positively proved from the Scriptures, confirmed by reasons, and explicated (explained/developed) in all their members, which is like a solid foundation for the entire structure; Elenctically (polemically)… Continue reading The Headings of Theology Should Be… (Van Mastricht)